BC Budget 2015: So, whose kids go under the bus first?

As school boards make cuts to implement this budget, parents’ anger will return.

Many parents might drift through the budget announcement hearing little the high-level ‘analysis’ of a ‘balanced budget’ from the media. Day-to-day, they’re just trying to make a living and do their best for their families. Most have other more immediate concerns.

This will change. Continue reading BC Budget 2015: So, whose kids go under the bus first?

Textbooks are a basic part of school. BC just “can’t” afford them.

Textbooks. They seem like a pretty basic part of school. Many of us have memories of being handed these tomes each September and returning them in June. Along with school nurses, full-time counsellors in each school and the daytime custodian, this fixture is a thing of the past for many schools.

It seems our province and our schools are “too poor” to afford enough textbooks for each student in each class. They are not in the “affordability zone” for our kids, like they were for us. Continue reading Textbooks are a basic part of school. BC just “can’t” afford them.

Shop class: learning skills should not involve kids risking life and limb.

If you listen to the BC government the future of employment is in skilled trades. They make announcements about training and including more industrial education in our schools. The television ads and photo ops for politicians are nice. But it’s where the rubber hits the road in the classroom that matters.

And like the rest of BC’s public education system, technical education — AKA shop class — is woefully underfunded. Continue reading Shop class: learning skills should not involve kids risking life and limb.

Your kid won’t be at the school library today.

School districts around BC have been cutting teacher-librarians to balance their budgets. This spring some school boards proposed cutting ALL teacher-librarian staffing. In some districts that’s already happened. In other cases these cuts were reduced to providing half-time school librarian services.

Half-time teacher-librarians. That means libraries open half the time (or staffed by clerks solely trained to check out resources). That’s less teaching time for classes in the library and no time for teacher-librarians to encourage, instruct and meet students’ individual learning needs. Continue reading Your kid won’t be at the school library today.

Peter. We have a question.

As the Minister of Education, it seems Peter Fassbender demands that school boards return all funding that had been allocated for the operation of schools that were closed during the strike. Continue reading Peter. We have a question.

Special needs assessments. More than a math problem.

A school has 30 kids on the wait list for special needs assessments.
Only three can be assessed each year.
By grade 7, how many kids will still not be assessed?

It’s not a trick question. It’s the hard reality of the multi-year wait lists facing parents who can’t pay for private psycho-educational assessments for their kids. And without an assessment, there’s no funding or support for your kid in the classroom. Continue reading Special needs assessments. More than a math problem.

Your kids are back in school. Their schools are still underfunded. And your MLAs miss you.

MLAs closed their doors on MLA Playdates.  But now they are holding their 2015 budget consultations!

Yes, your MLAs miss you. And their are now asking for your input on public education spending. We suggest you give it to them. Continue reading Your kids are back in school. Their schools are still underfunded. And your MLAs miss you.